The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch a vintage featurette on the making of the ghosts, monsters, and visual effects of the original Ghostbusters. Plus, learn how the famous “Oh Yeah” song from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came into existence, and listen to a roundtable discussion hopefully Emmy contenders in TV directing, including Jonathan Nolan (Westworld), Deborah Chow (The Mandalorian), Alex Garland (Devs), and more. Read More »
After Avengers: Infinity War only gave us one credits scene, Captain Marvel returns to the Marvel Studios standard of having both a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. As we discussed last weekend, the mid-credits scene is a big set-up for Avengers: Endgame, and the post-credits scene is a fun little coda following the events of Captain Marvel. But directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden almost had an alternate Captain Marvel credits scene that tied back to Thor: Ragnarok. Beware of spoilers ahead! Read More »
Want to know how directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck staged the big train scene in Captain Marvel? Well then it’s your lucky day, because there’s a video devoted to that very thing! In the Captain Marvel scene breakdown below, Boden and Fleck walk you through the scene in question, revealing influences, behind-the-scenes info, and more. Check it out.
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Last fall, we lost Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee when the creator of some of the world’s most famous superheroes passed away at age 95. But that wasn’t the last we’d see of Lee, because he had already shot cameos for some upcoming Marvel Studios productions, including this weekend’s Captain Marvel. However, that film’s scene featuring the comic legend’s cameo changed a little bit once Lee passed away, and it made the scene a little more touching. Find out about the Stan Lee Captain Marvel cameo below. Read More »
A few weeks ago, I sat down with directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden to talk about Captain Marvel. In the discussion, we geeked out over the genius of Ben Mendelsohn, the tightrope walk of making a prequel, choosing a kick-ass ’90s soundtrack, the choice to change Goose’s name from the comics, and Stan Lee‘s cameo.
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The first wave of Captain Marvel box office tracking numbers have arrived, and if these predictions are accurate, the Brie Larson-led superhero film could end up making around $100 million domestically in its opening weekend. As Deadline points out, that’d be more than any Marvel superhero’s first film except for Black Panther, who was previously introduced in Captain America: Civil War. Read More »
It takes a lot of work to be a superhero. You’ve seen Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth’s bodies swell to the size of small mountains, and now Brie Larson is the latest actor to get the intense super-training experience. But instead of just lifting weights, she’s flying jets. As the titular superhero of Captain Marvel, Larson not only has to hold her own in a fight, but she has to be able to pilot an Air Force plane, which is something that she learned while visiting the U.S. Air Force Base prior to filming.
The latest Captain Marvel featurette explores just the kind of training Larson did, and how it affected her performance as Marvel’s first solo female superhero. Read More »
Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden aren’t the first directing team at Marvel Studios, and they certainly aren’t the first filmmakers to make their MCU debut with a Sundance Film Festival origin story. But they are the first filmmakers tasked with bringing a female-led Marvel superhero film to the big screen, and that’s a big responsibility. Not only that, but they are setting up a character who is supposed to help anchor the next decade of cosmic MCU stories.
Speaking with the duo on the set of Captain Marvel, I felt the confidence and intense thought they had put into it all. Like other filmmaking teams, they would continue and complete each other’s sentences, and add more to each other’s points. When they mentioned that RoboCop was a big reference for them in making this film, I was rather confused, but they had a really good explanation. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in this interview.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is packed with references and homages to staples of several different genres, from Three Days of the Condor (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to Inception (Doctor Strange). One would be forgiven for assuming that with all of the characters wandering around the MCU in metal suits, the 1987 sci-fi action classic RoboCop would have been a mainstay reference in that conversation as well, but it seems like the upcoming Captain Marvel is the first MCU movie to be heavily inspired by Paul Verhoeven‘s satirical masterpiece.
Learn more about how that film left its mark on Captain Marvel, and what other movies influenced directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in their approach.
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Shane Black broke into Hollywood as the writer of 1980s action staple Lethal Weapon, and he’d eventually direct a Marvel Studios movie when he made Iron Man 3. But weirdly, it’s Black’s first produced screenplay that’s still providing inspiration for new Marvel Cinematic Universe entries: it turns out the upcoming Captain Marvel is inspired by buddy cop movies from that era, and Lethal Weapon is specifically name-checked in a new interview with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Plus, tickets for the upcoming superhero film are on sale right now, and we’ll point you to where you can get them. Read More »